Jenna Clifford Ring Revival – Restoring Your Timeless Pieces To Their Former Glory
Antique rings – engagement, wedding, heirloom pieces, vintage buys and even collectors’ items all come with their unique story to tell. The absolute beauty of antique rings lies both within their steeped, rich history, as well as the old-fashioned and often non-replicable quality the ring structure itself possesses. Antique rings and heirlooms alike may have been owned previously by collectors that didn’t invest as much time or energy into the maintenance of that ring as they should, which leads to deteriorations of the ring.
The simplest solution in most people’s minds is to take the ring to a jeweller and have it polished. In many cases, underhanded and unaccredited jewellers should be the last “professional” you entrust these items to. They may remove precious stones or gemstones with sub-par replica’s, which an untrained eye will likely never detect. The most important thing to remember when deciding to have an antique ring restored is that you should take it to a reputable jeweller; not only to avoid the aforementioned scenario, but also to ensure you’re getting the piece you want, not simply a polished ring.
Ring Revival – More than Meets the Eye
Reviving or restoring a ring need not be done purely out of necessity. You may have inherited a piece that you love and cherish, but simply does not appeal to your personality or personal style. You may want to have your ring remodelled entirely, amalgamating some of the old metal with a different metal, swapping out or replacing stones and even changing the entire setting.
Types of Ring Revival Processes
Conservation is a careful preservation and protection of an object and is the approach most often favoured by museums for collections that are not intended to be worn. The work is stabilized and then stored or displayed to minimize future deterioration. Any restoration is minimal to avoid clouding the view of the original work, which would damage its historical significance.
Historical restoration involves using authentic period details, materials, tools and techniques. It often involves extensive research. Historic restoration also involves many aspects of conservation. The goal is to preserve all the work that is good, repair or restore what is missing or broken so it blends seamlessly with the original and re-create the appropriate patinas and surfaces so the new work is difficult to detect.
To repair is to restore by replacing a missing part or putting together what is torn or broken. Repair places more emphasis on mending than on returning to an original form. Repair is carried out in the most direct manner, often with no effort to match style or even hide the repair.
Renovation and rehabilitation involve making something new or restoring its vigour, to make it live again, and are terms more commonly applied to architecture. However, both terms can be relevant to jewellery when an old piece is changed in order to create a new one. Examples: converting tiaras to necklaces or brooches, making stickpin heads into slides for slide bracelets and altering earrings from wire backs to screw backs or posts. Renovations often result in a drastic – if not total – reduction in the value of antique jewellery to collectors.
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